Discover Photography (short course)

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Why study this course?

If you have a DSLR camera but always shoot on automatic, then this course is for you. We'll cut through the jargon, from aperture to shutter speed, and you'll gain the confidence and skills to make the most of your unique view on the world.

More about this course

You'll be taught by two leading industry professionals at London Met's renowned art school, in this practical five-day course. Initially we'll be covering a range of topics including:

  • how the camera works
  • basic functions
  • shooting using RAW files
  • understanding how to process your images
  • developing a personal vision

Much of the time on the course will be spent photographing in and around the varied sites around east London. We'll be using our studio to understand studio lighting and backdrops.

There will also be one evening spent shooting in the city working in lower light level conditions. We'll discover the canals and river ways of east London, we'll examine portraiture through a pop-up studio in Brick Lane and we'll have guest lecturers to instruct you on specific skills such as Photoshop and learning how to edit and sequence your work.

You will be introduced to varied subjects and genres to enable you to confidently begin making new innovative photographs. This will be a week of discovering photography and the East End of London. Wear sturdy footwear!

There will also be short lectures on both past and contemporary photographers.

We will investigate the three main genres covered in photography:

  • portraiture
  • still life
  • landscape

You'll be encouraged to explore and expand these genres with the images that you produce. You'll be able to print your work and you'll have a set of exhibition/portfolio prints to take home.

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Who's this course for?

This course is suitable for both beginners and intermediate photographers.

Course structure

Specialist skills will be taught through talks, demonstrations and workshops, while practice will be developed through assignments and discussion. The approach to learning is creative and experimental, with individual and personal attention to each student. You'll be encouraged to share your ideas and progress with the group and the tutors.

At the end of the week there will be a review and discussion of the work produced and a mini exhibition in the Alcove Gallery.

Course dates

Course dates Autumn dates will be confirmed in August
Length One day a week for five sessions
Day and time Saturday,?11.30am to 5.30pm
plus one evening, 6pm to 8pm on Week 3
Maximum class size 10
Contact hours 27


A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit.
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

What's included in the price?

Participants will normally be expected to bring their own DSLR but some will be available for use in the department during class times.

Terms and conditions

Please read our?terms and conditions?before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.